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USS Newman (APD-59)
USS Newman (DE-205) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Tango - Yankee
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Lashing (F)oxtrot - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down, 8 June 1943, as Newman (DE-205), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston S.C.
  • Launched, 9 August 1943
  • Commissioned USS Newman (DE-205), 26 November 1943, LCDR. William C. Meyer, USNR, in command
  • Converted to a High-speed Transport at Naval Frontier Base Tomkinsville, Staten Island N.Y. between 30 June and 7 September 1944
  • Redesignated (APD-59), 5 July 1944
  • During World War II USS Newman (APD-59) was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater as flagship for TransDiv One Hundred Three, CDR. W. S. Parsons USN, and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 5 to 22 November 1944
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Palawan Islands landing, Puerta Princessa, 28 February to 1 March 1945
    Visayan Island landings, Island landings, 26 to 27 March 1945
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, 12 to 18 December 1944
    Borneo operation
    Balikpapan operation, 26 June to 4 July 1945
    Manila Bay-Bicol operation
    Zambales-Subic Bay, Grande Island, 29 to 30 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS Newman (APD-59) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 12 September 1945
    29 September to 8 October 1945
    26 October to 27 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 6 May 1947, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
  • Berthed in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Later moved to Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1964
  • USS Newman (APD-59) earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold 16 August 1966, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore MD. for scrapping
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 192
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,216 Bbls
    Diesel 93 Bbls
    two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers, 12,000shp

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    Newman 138k USS Newman (APD-59) detailed profile drawing. ©John Robert Barrett
    Newman 138k BUSHIPS letter U.S.S. Newman (APD) - Conversion from Destroyer Escort (DE), dated 30 September 1944 and Commandant Third Naval District. first endorsement of 5 October 1944. Susan Roper

    USS Newman (APD-59)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Meyer, William Claire, USNR26 November 1943 - 1 July 1944DE-205
    02LCDR. Thieme, Robert Irwin, USNR1 July 1944 - 17 December 1946DE-205 / APD-59
    03LT. Meredith Jr., Walter Charles, USNR17 December 1945 - March 1946APD-59
    04LTjg. Lirio, Phillip A., USNRMarch 1946 - 15 May 1946APD-59
    05LCDR. Brownlow, Paul Jerry, USNR15 May 1946 - 1 April 1947APD-59
    06ENS. Bouveron, Ernest Ambroise, USN (USNA 1946)1 April 1947 - 5 May 1947APD-59
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association

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